Construction giant commits to waste cutting programme

One of the UK's biggest construction services providers will be cutting down waste and increasing recycling in its supply chain, having signed up to a Government-funded waste minimisation programme.

The Envirowise programme will help project management and services provider AMEC to identify areas where the company can "save money, consume less resource, reduce environmental impact and comply more easily with environmental legislation."

Managing director of AMEC's design and project services business, John Moss, said: "This is a vital opportunity for our supply chain to engage with one another and learn about the key issues facing this sector in terms of the management of waste and use of resources. Importantly, there are also significant cost savings to be made."

The Envirowise programme has helped the UK industry save £1.3 billion since 1994 and is provided by the Government free of charge. It recently launched its services in the construction sector.

For AMEC, which makes an annual profit of around £5bn, it will mean training workshops in the areas of waste minimisation, legislation, materials ordering and recycling, and an on-site resource efficiency review. These will cover areas such as waste legislation, on-site waste management and segregation, cleaner design, materials ordering and packaging waste minimisation.

Managing director of AMEC's buildings and facilities services business, Grahame Ludlow added: "We believe this initiative will help to strengthen our supply chain and offer suppliers practical advice and solutions that will really make a difference to their productivity."

Envirowise Programme Manager, Dr Adrian Cole, said: "This supply chain partnership is part of a range of services we are offering to the construction industry for the first time. With an industry as diverse as construction we understand the need for specialist, tailored advice."

By Goska Romanowicz



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